Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
This is another great chocolate stout, very dark and thick, and you can taste the chocolate and coffee and has a great aroma. One of the top stouts imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Bottled. Aroma is yeasty, alchohol, creamy chocolate and gets nicer with warmth. Poured virtually black, incredibly dark stout, mammoth, tan, creamy head that is fully lasting with ok lacing and mini-stout bubbles. Flavor is dominated by sweet, creamy chocolate malts with some nutty flavor and a biting touch at the end of some kind of toasted grain that became unpleasant about 1/2 way through a poured glass, but lasts so shortly that it wasn’t a big deal. Full body, creamy carbonation, kind of thick like ovaltine with sort of a chunky feel in the mouth. Overall, very mild stout, full bodied, easy, easy drinking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2004
This is my favorite beer. Thick and rick with coffee and chocolate flavors, I compare all beers to this. It is much better in the bottle than the can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbx540 (17) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
Thick tan head. Roasted toffee and chocolat aroma. Silky smooth, but a little too sour. Nice mouthfeel and good aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Little tan head, appropriate for a stout. Chocolate smell, and a nice long dark chocolate flavor. Few roasted or burnt flavors and no off flavors. If there is any downside, it tastes a little of extremely expensive chocolate milk -- not as serious as it could be in the beer department. There is a light malt underscoring this beer, which provides a great base for the rest of the beer and a fantastic finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bodomite (34) - USA - JUL 21, 2004
Delicious brew! Thick and nice creamy head. Tastes like a sweet chocolatly Guinness! Goes good with any meal or alone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2004
Thick fine head and dark as night. Thick nose of malty cherry and chocolate. Fine bubbles, rich, chocolate, coffee, tar, faint slightly sour chocolate. Some bitter with tons of chocolate. Very Rich!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2004
This is a gorgeous, gorgeous stout. Deep ruby black with a thick, dense, rocky, tan head. That baby sticks around for the whole show as well. The aroma is largely chocolate and not a lot of roast or burnt aromas. The same goes for the flavor with the chocolate being dominant and not a lot of burnt or bitterness behind it. Nicely sweet and a great after-dinner sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2004
Now this is a tasty brew! From a 500 ml bottle. Dark brown, almost black with nice ruby colouring as well. Pours with a nice lasting off-white head. Aroma is mostly milk chocolate on the front with a hint of root beer herbaceousness underneath that. On tasting, the front is mostly milk chocolate with a roasted barley middle and followed by a dark chocolate bitterness. Nice dry flavour though makes this more refreshing than you might think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 (on tap)Yeah,yeah, the geeks goes ape s’’t, but Ive had this so many times, I´m rating on pure memory. The wife loves it and it is a very nice beer. Allmost pitchblack, it damps with chocolatearomas, not the roasted, but milkchocolateflavours. No or very little bitternes, does tend to be acidic in the latter fase of a pint. Good for use in cakes, cooking BBC and then some more cakes. Also in øllebrød.

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